Ask Me Anything - IT Security

Information security is an exciting and dynamic area that is rapidly changing. Daily new attacks, vulnerabilities and exploits are being discovered by security researchers and bad actors alike. The world of information security is a high pressure, challenging environment where you have to stay on top of a multitude of issues in order to provide reasonable protection for your organization. In this dynamic, interactive session, you will have opportunities to share your strategies, struggles, and solutions, while asking questions and learning from the experiences of the panel of experts and the experiences of others.


Lance Bailey

Network Manager | BCNET

Lance has over 33 years of IT experience within the higher education and research sector, as well as the private sector. In his most recent role, Lance was head of IT systems and security for Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre. He has experience in managing large IT teams, cybersecurity, and designing large-scale network, storage and computer clusters. He holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Computer Science and several certifications, including ITIL.

Don Devenney

Information Technology Analyst | Royal Roads University

Throughout his 20-year career in information technology Don has held a number of roles, including information technology manager for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and as a member of the infrastructure team at Royal Roads University. In 2017, Don was hired as the first dedicated IT security professonal at the University. In developing an information security strategy, he identified the need for increased security awareness. In the next two years, he developed a cybersecurity awareness program that has resulted in a marked decrease in cybersecurity events related to human factors. The latest initiative in Royal Roads' awareness program, the cybersecurity ambassador program, has made noticeable changes to the cybersecurity culture of the organization.

Steve Rosco 

Senior Manager, Technology & Systems Security | University of British Columbia 

Anna Machaj

Associate Director, IT Security | Douglas College

Anna is an Information Technology professional with extensive experience in information security, project management, application systems, and managing the complete Information Technology stack.  Since 2005, Information Security has been a growing part of the professional portfolio. This commitment to Information Security specialization has been confirmed through professional accreditation with the CISSP and CISA designations in the last few years.


Director and Chief Information Security Officer | University of Victoria

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LIVE | Ask Me Anything Session

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Date and Time

April 27, 1:15 PM